The Council of Fellows was founded to advance the unique qualities of the profession of healthcare architecture by demonstrating and celebrating achievements of national significance. Fellowship is one of the highest honors bestowed upon a certificant of The American College of Healthcare Architects, and is awarded to one who has shown distinction in fulfilling one specific Category of Nomination of their work and has demonstrated a nominee’s individual impact and influence in healthcare facility architecture.
All details and submittal requirements are available in the Nomination Package Outline.
|In preparation for ACHA Fellowship applications, the College hosted a free webinar entitled De-mystifying the Fellowship Application Process, designed to address key points of the Fellowship process. This webinar focused on the unique qualities of this prestigious award, clarified its purpose and illustrated key components of successful submittals.
Date Recorded: November 28, 2023
Co-Presenters: John Ruffo, FAIA, FACHA; Bill Hercules, FAIA, FACHA; Tracy Bond, AIA, ACHA
- All materials must be received by March 31, 2024 before 5:00 p.m. ET. All deadlines will be strictly observed.
- $100 application fee (non-refundable).
Categories of Achievement
Fellowship is granted to ACHA certificants who have shown distinction in fulfilling one specific Category of Nomination. Although a nominee may be able to demonstrate distinction in multiple Categories of Achievement, the ACHA Fellowship Jury requires nominations, the submittal package, and references be focused on the nominee’s single most outstanding Category of Nomination.
Categories, updated in 2021, are as follows:
Advanced the Art and Craft of healthcare planning and design through either:
Superior evidence of planning and design achievements. Fellowship in this category is granted to those who have produced distinguished bodies of work through the practice of healthcare architecture that blends the elegance of design with superior, innovative, or highly efficient medical planning.
Superior evidence of contributions to the practice of healthcare architecture.
Fellowship in this category is granted to those who have made notable contributions through their work in a minimum of one area of expertise:
- The research of healthcare architecture through either formal or informal investigation that has progressed the standards, specifications, building codes, materials, applications, or inventions for the field;
- The education of healthcare architects through either formal education or mentoring that has demonstrated inspiration to others in the profession and for the field;
- The literature of healthcare architecture through either writing or speaking that has been widely recognized to have a lasting impact for the field.
Progressed healthcare environments through public service.
Fellowship in this category is granted to those who have clearly raised the standards of professional performance through leadership in the development of civic improvements, needed governmental projects, or industry organizations by advancing the professional healthcare affairs in their field.
Although a nominee may be able to demonstrate distinction in multiple Categories of Achievement, the ACHA Fellowship Jury requires nominations, the submittal package, and references be focused on the nominee’s single most outstanding Category of Nomination.
The nominee must have completed 10 cumulative years as a licensed architect prior to the nomination deadline, and also be a current ACHA certificant in good standing for at least the last 5 years.
If a candidate is denied advancement at three consecutive annual meetings of the jury, two years must elapse before a new nomination can be made.
ACHA certificants shall be nominated by a single sponsor who is already an ACHA Fellow or Fellow Emeritus. Five letters of reference from at least one ACHA Fellow and at least one healthcare executive must accompany the nomination.
The 2024 Jury consists of:
Tracy Bond, Board Liaison
John Ruffo, FACHA, Chair
Charles Griffin, FACHA
Molly Scanlon, FACHA
Mardelle Shepley, FACHA
Fellowship Application Sample
Click below for exemplary 2020 submissions that serve as an example to others submitting Fellowship applications.
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